Old Testament

Job 5
51Call out! Is there anyone there to answer you?
To which of the holy ones will you turn?
2It's true, the fool is killed by resentment,
and the gullible are put to death by jealousy.
3I myself have seen a fool putting down roots,
but immediately I pronounced a curse on his home.[]
4His children are far from safety.
They are crushed at the city gate without a defender.
5His harvest is eaten by the hungry,
who snatch it away, even from among the thorns,
and the thirsty[] swallow his children's wealth.
6Disaster does not just spring up from the dust,
nor does trouble sprout from the soil.
7No, mankind is born[] for trouble as surely as flames fly upward.
8But I want to appeal to God.
I want to present my case to him.[]
9He does great things that are beyond investigation,
and miracles that are too many to be counted.
10He provides rain for the earth.
He waters the fields in the countryside.
11He raises the lowly to the heights,
and he lifts those who mourn to safety.
12He foils the plots of clever schemers,
so that their hands achieve no success.
13He traps the wise in their schemes,
and the plans of the devious come to a swift end.
14By day they encounter darkness,
and at noon they grope around as if it were night.
15He saves the poor from mouths that cut like a sword
and from the hand of the strong.
16He does this so that the helpless will have hope,
and injustice will shut its mouth.
17Consider this:
How blessed is the man whom God corrects!
Do not reject the discipline of the Almighty!
18For though he may inflict wounds, he also bandages them.
Though he may strike, his hands also heal.
19From six calamities he will rescue you.
In seven no harm will touch you.
20In famine he will redeem you from death,
and in battle he will redeem you from the power of the sword.
21You will be hidden from the lash of the tongue,
and you will not be afraid of devastation when it comes.
22You will laugh at devastation and hunger.
You will not be afraid of the wild animals of the countryside,
23because there will be a covenant between you and the stones in the field,
and the wild animals will be at peace with you.
24You will know that your tent is secure,
and when you inspect your property, you will find nothing missing.
25You will know that your offspring will be many,
and your descendants will be like grass from the earth.
26You will come to the grave at a ripe old age,
like a stack of sheaves that is gathered in season.
27Consider this:
We have investigated this carefully, and it is true!
Pay close attention and apply it to yourself!


  • 5:3 Or his house was cursed
  • 5:5 The translation thirsty follows the ancient versions. The Hebrew reads snares. The line is difficult
  • 5:7 Or gives birth to
  • 5:8 This verse may also be read as Eliphaz's advice to Job. I would appeal to God.